Grothe still out, tackle Dile injured
Quarterback Matt Grothe was held out of Friday's morning practice, his fourth day not participating since suffering a hip injury in Monday's afternoon practice. Again, coaches have been pointing to a Monday return, so this isn't surprising. Other developments this morning ...
-- Junior Marc Dile, expected to start at offensive tackle, went down with what looked to be a right ankle injury during full-contact drills early in Thursday's practice. Dile remained on the ground as trainers attended to him and had to be helped off the field, not putting weight on his right leg. Can't verify the exact location of the injury -- in hockey terms, it's a lower extremity, but we'll update as soon as we can get a comment from coaches and see him at the start of the afternoon practice. Dile is one of USF's most experienced offensive linemen. USF opened the drill he was injured in with DIle at left tackle, Jake Griffin at left guard, Nick Capogna at center, Zach Hermann at right guard and walk-on Jacob Sims at right tackle. Senior Walter Walker is expected to start at one tackle position.
-- It was only one drill, but certainly looked like sophomore Donte Spires was working with the first-team unit at weakside linebacker. The battle between junior Brouce Mompremier and Spires will likely be one of the last starting jobs to be decided; defensive coordinator Wally Burnham has said that Mompremier has a better awareness of the defense, but Spires continues to make plays in his first month in the program.
-- Linebacker Chris Robinson, trying to push himself back from an ankle injury, is running but still with a limp. I've yet to see him in any contact drills, and Burnham said that if Robinson isn't back by the weekend, he'll go with junior Tyrone McKenzie, who's made a good impression at strongside linebacker after transferring from Iowa State.
-- Defensive end Woody George was practicing with his teammates -- the first time I've seen him practicing since coach Jim Leavitt said he was holding him out following his arrest last week on a felony grand theft charge, accused of throwing away a parking boot that had been placed on his car. Can't say he hasn't practiced before today, but it's the first I've seen of him.